True Happiness Awaits Us Within

Sant Rajinder Singh Maharaj

From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not  want suffering. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. We  look for happiness in meeting our emotional needs for love and companionship  through our relationships, with family, friends and loved ones. We try to find  happiness in worldly possessions and relationships. If we analyse, we find that they  do not bring the happiness they have promised. We may derive happiness from them  for some time, but the loss of any of our possessions or relations brings untold pain  and suffering. If our house is destroyed by fire, we feel as if we have lost everything.
If we are millionaires and suddenly become bankrupt, we become dejected. And if  one of our loved one passes away, we are drowned in grief. The happiness we had  during the time we had our money, belongings and near and dear ones turns into deep  misery from their loss. At some point in the life, we discover that happiness in the  outer world is a transitory illusion. As long as we seek happiness in the world, we  will be disappointed, for all matter is subject to decay and destruction. Everything in  this world must perish. Ultimately, we too must face our physical end and must leave  behind all that we cherished. This is the way of the world. Looking at the realities of  life, we begin to wonder if there is any hope for finding real happiness in the world.
How to find lasting happiness?
Throughout the ages, the great teachers, sages, saints and philosophers of the  world have been telling us that true happiness does exist. But it does not lie in  anything in this world. It can only be found within. There is only one source of  happiness, that is lasting, that cannot be destroyed by wind, fire, water or earth. It  cannot be taken away from us either in this life or at the time of death. The only  permanent source of happiness is God. Some mystics of the East refer to God as Sat- Chit-Anand. These words translate respectively as truth, consciousness and bliss.
Saints and mystics have been able to realize God within themselves and have shared  their knowledge with humanity. They tell us that God is an ocean of light, all love  and consciousness. The soul is drop of His essence. Each of us is actually a drop of  this blissful awareness. It is only when we identify with our real self that we become  moving drops of bliss on earth.
The way to tap into this pool is simple. It is only a matter of our attention. We can direct our attention wherever we wish. We can place it on our body. We can  focus it on our mind. Or we can concentrate our attention on our soul. Instruction in  how to place our attention on our soul is domain of spiritual teachers. This process of  concentration or focusing our attention is popularly known as Meditation. Meditation  is focusing one’s attention at the seat of the soul located between and behind the two  eyebrows. If we can stop putting our attention on our outer eyes and ears for a while  and concentrate at the seat of soul, we will tap into the source of happiness and bliss  awaiting us within.
Spending two hour concentrating on the eye focus each day will help our  attention withdraw from the body. Generally, the sensory currents give us sensation  in the body. It is the sensory currents which make us aware of the hearing,  smell, taste and touch. It is through the senses that we can see beautiful sights,  hearing pleasing sounds, smelling sweet fragrances eating delicious foods and having  pleasurable sensation through the sense of touch. If we withdraw our sensory currents  from the outside world and collect them at the eye focus, a vista of Divine Light and  Celestial Sound opens for us. We witness the light and Sound which emanated from  God at the dawn of creation Like a current, this stream flows out from God and  returns to Him. When our soul comes in contact with this stream, it can travel back  on it back to the source.
By meditation, the soul begins its voyage to the ultimate source of happiness. We are all conscious, all bliss and in a perpetual state of happiness. Our worldly  desires become more trifles when we experience the astounding joy within. Those  who learn to meditate can switch their attention to the source of happiness even in the  midst of sorrow. True, they still undergo the outer pains and sorrows of life, but they  do not affect them. The ecstasy we experience within fill us with happiness and we  are able to overcome problems. As we meditate and come in contact with the source  of love within, we begin to spread it to others. We will be always in tune with the  happiness within and will radiate it to all who come in contact with us. This leads to expansion of self  and one becomes a true citizen of the world with cosmopolitan outlook on life.